Jun 15, 2011

I can't say that I'm naive enough not to have seen this argument coming. Recently, a writer for TheRoot.com broached this subject material in an article entitled, 'Hawthorne': TV Love in Black and White. The article talks about how some black women are hypocrites when it comes to their celebration of the interracial love story for the television show, 'HawthoRNe', but yet when a show has a black male in an interracial relationship they tend to be critical and upset at the pairing.

Here the author offers his main critique:

At the heart of my critique is the hypocrisy of some black women, who are fine with Hawthorne's interracial love stories but would protest if the situation were reversed. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that many -- more like most -- of my black female friends and colleagues are over the whole interracial hysteria.

Now, I know immediately for a lot of us, our first reaction is to get upset at an express sentiment coming from a brother no less, but before you tear the author apart with your words, I'm asking that you give his argument some sincere consideration. I've been to enough comment boards and websites to know how 'some' of us feel when we constantly see 'our' men being paired with a non-black love interest in films and on the small screen. There is some real frustration there.

So, is it safe to say that there maybe some hyprocrisy there when we are quick to celebrate black women who are in interracial relationships but demonize brothers who are in the same types of relationships? Can you name one black female who got treated the same way Taye Diggs was when it was revealed he was married to a white woman? It's not like we don't know of plenty of black women who primarily date outside their race, but yet they don't have the same stigma attached to them. Why is that?

In my opinion, I don't think black women celebrating the love on 'HawthoRNe' makes us hypocrites. I don't think it's the interracial aspect that black women are celebrating; moreover, then the fact that a black women is deemed desirable and an object of affection for men. That is cause for celebration for me. It has nothing to do with race. Trust me, nobody loves 'Black Love' more than me, but I can appreciate seeing a black women being deemed desirable and just for her body parts.



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